Mouse Animations

Captivate includes automatic mouse animations you can use to help make software demonstrations more effective.

Insert a Mouse Animation

  1. Click the Objects button on the toolbar.
  2. Select Mouse.
    Insert a Mouse Animation

A new mouse animation is inserted, showing an arc between a starting point and an ending point.

Adjust a Mouse's Path

  1. Click and drag the start or end point on the mouse path to move it.
    Adjust a Mouse's Path

Modify Mouse Properties

While a mouse animation is selected, the Properties panel switches to show the mouse animation's properties.

  1. Select the mouse animation.
  2. Click the Display arrow buttons to browse cursor images.
  3. Select a new cursor image.
    Modify Mouse Properties
  4. Check the Double Mouse Size checkbox to increase the size of the cursor.
  5. Check the Straight Pointer Path checkbox to toggle a straight animation path.
  6. Check the Reduce Speed Before Click checkbox to toggle a decrease in speed at the end of the animation.
    Modify Mouse Properties

Configure the Mouse Click

When the mouse animation ends, and the pointer reaches its end position, you can choose whether or not it plays a mouse click sound and animation.

  1. Select the mouse animation.
  2. Check the Mouse Click Sound checkbox to toggle the mouse click sound.
    Configure the Mouse Click
  3. Click the color menu arrow.
  4. Select a color.
    Configure the Mouse Click

Adjust Mouse Timing

Finally, let's change the timing of the mouse animation, so that it lines up with the timing of the other objects on the slide.

  1. Click and drag a side edge of the animation on the timeline to adjust its beginning or end.
    Adjust Mouse Timing

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